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“What would it take to sell my soul?” is one of those haunting questions that has bothered me over the years.

Unfortunately, I recently found out that I’d sell out my integrity for a lot less than my ego would have let me believe.

You guessed it….Traffic Court.

I had my ‘going-through-the-red-light’ defense all mapped out. Except for one thing: it was a lie. And one lie would lead to another and I was willing to go there for the sake of shaving points and the ensuing probability of an insurance rate hike. OUCH!

Couldn’t I have at least sold my soul for the lust of the eye (a huge skyscraper or private island), the lust of the flesh (Abishag, the gorgeous young lady given to King David) or the lust of the boastful pride of life (even a little third world dictatorship).

No, I sell my soul at the Township Court.

To make matters worse, God decided to “drive” the point home. It seems that no cell phones are allowed in the court, a fate worse than death because I might have to wait to be called and that could take hours. So, I hunt around for a book and the only one in the car was the bible. Great, I’ll catch up. So, I turn to Proverbs Chapter 12 because it’s the 12th day of the month and the first words I read make me gulp: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false WITNESS (yes, it does say “Witness”), deceit…the truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment…lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight…a righteous man hates lying” (Proverbs, 12th and 13th Chapters).

OK, OK! I get it!

And just as I’m “getting it,” a sweet lady calls me into the closet-sized District Attorney’s office with other defendants and proceeds to be the kindest woman I have ever met.

She never gave me a chance to blurt out my confession of guilt. She simply looks at the paper and says, “I’m reducing this to a parking ticket, no points.”

“But why?” I asked. “Was it my clean record? Is it my driving history? The State Trooper was gracious.”

“Yeah,” she said, “it’s a little of that and also that you are polite and the officer probably sensed that as well.”

By now, I should be used to being convicted by such direct truth (Proverbs 12 & 13) and such grace at the same time for that is how God works. Psalm 85:10 says that “Mercy and truth have met together.”

So, I certainly Imagehad my day in the court of the merciful King.

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